RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD. Members of the Duke Memorial Baptist Church team use their banner for shelter during Franklin County’s Relay for Life on Friday.
BUNN — Adam Smith had walked a Relay for Life lap before, but this past weekend, he walked it with a weight lifted off his chest — literally.
Smith was diagnosed with cancer in January after doctors found a football-sized tumor in his chest.
His hopes and spirits were both up during Franklin County’s Relay for Life event held at Bunn High School on Friday and Saturday.
The volunteer firefighter has supported the fight against cancer before, but this was the first year he was doing it as a survivor himself.
County Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin asked commissioners on Monday night to help spread the need for expanded use of 911 funds.
At the county’s request, Rep. Lucy Allen filed local House Bill 59 in February which would expand how the county could use revenue generated from 911 usage.
Currently, those funds, which come from a .70 surcharge to all land line and cell phone owners — are limited to three areas:
Franklin County’s economic development staff took some commissioners on a tour of what’s working.
“You hear so much about how bad the economy is,” said Economic Development Director Ronnie Goswick. “This tour could show them the other side of things and how businesses continue to grow.
“The commissioners and the public need to see the other side, too.”
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect who broke into the home of a county commissioner and got away with a county-owned computer.
According to a report by Sgt. Justin Hastings, authorities arrived at the home of Commissioner Penny McGhee-Young on Long Mill Road at 2:23 p.m. on Thursday to find the alarm ringing and the front door kicked open.
Hastings searched the house, which is south of Franklinton, and found no one still inside, according to the report. He and McGhee-Young’s son searched the house and did not immediately notice anything missing.
A Louisburg man was rushed to the hospital Monday morning after crashing a pickup truck into a business complex.
According to a report by Louisburg Police Officer T.W. Lincoln, Rodney Lee Pendergrass, 41, of Edwards Road, was traveling east on E. Nash Street/N.C. 56 just past Woodbine Drive when he lost control of the vehicle.
The 1987 Chevy truck crossed two lanes, jumped a curb and crashed through an office at the Romark Business Complex — about 30 feet from the roadway.
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Let’s be very clear about one thing: We think local control is best -- and especially when the alternative is control from a region, Raleigh or Washington.
But with local control comes a large measure of responsibility and that, we believe, is the issue at the heart of the debate over liquor stores.
All four Franklin County towns, Bunn, Franklinton Louisburg and Youngsville, have already stated strongly that they want to maintain local control of their ABC stores as opposed to surrendering control to a more regional system that some fear eventually will become statewide.
GOOD MORNING: It was simply a matter of time, but my ol’ friend Mack apparently finally blew his top. Well not his top maybe, but did you see the front of his building on NC 56 just west of the Bickett Boulevard intersection Monday morning? It looked just like somebody drove a truck smack dab through the front of it.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: So, State Sen. Doug Berger is quoted as saying that he believes in freedom of choice when it comes to smoking.
In this business, you are darned if you do, darned if you don’t.
When news of the this new strain of flu first broke, it hit during the perfect storm.
It was a slow news period, this flu made for good pictures because people were walking around with masks doing their best Michael Jackson impersonation and reporters got to use the word pandemic in a story.
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Our 27-year-old Craftsman lawn mower had some transmission issues. We located and purchased all new parts online except one gear. That is when our search began. Being that we came to Franklin County in 2001 with Embarq, we did not know who to contact.
I have a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I recently had it inspected. I am not against emissions control for cleaner air, but failing because of a check engine light is a rip-off for the American public.
I had just replaced the brakes and rotors because I knew I needed them, but the jeep wouldn’t pass inspection because of a fault code with the transmission, which has nothing to do with emissions.
Representative Etheridge needs to explain why he wants to give homosexual pedophiles special protection under the law. He, along with a majority of the House, voted for HR 1913, the Hate Crimes Act. This act makes homosexuals, including homosexual pedophiles, a protected class of people.
If you see a homosexual molesting your son, you better not object. If you do, you are the one who will be punished.
GREENSBORO - Ruby Leonard Dixon, 96, formerly of Fayetteville, a resident of Golden Living Nursing Home in Greensboro, died Thursday, April 30, 2009. Graveside services were conducted Sunday, May 3, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating.
RALEIGH - Margaret Lou Tant Pace, 87, died Friday, May 1, 2009. Funeral services were Sunday, May 3, at Montlawn Funeral Home chapel, with burial following in Montlawn Memorial Park.
ZEBULON - Stacey Gray Williams, 78, died Friday, May 1, 2009 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, May 4, at Pilot Baptist Church, Zebulon, with Dr. Alfred Wright and the Rev. David Kite officiating. Burial was in the Williams family cemetery, Clyde Pearce Road, Zebulon, with military honors.
ZEBULON - James Eric Baugher Sr., formerly of Oil City, Pa., died Thursday, April 30, 2009.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Louis H. Perry, 76, who died Sunday, May 3, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Mary R. Wilson, 45, who died Monday, May 4, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will be in Pine Chapel Memorial Garden.
LOUISBURG – Maud Gupton Smith, 95, of Louisburg, died Friday evening at Wake Med.
CHAPIN, S.C. – Dr. James E. Wheless, Sr. passed away on May 4, 2009, at 82 years of age. Dr. Wheless came from very humble beginnings, growing up on a tobacco farm in Justice, NC. He served our country in World War II in the 6th Ranger Infantry Battalion in the Pacific area. He became a primary care physician and devoted his life to the pursuit of helping and healing others in Roanoke, VA. He served his community for 34 years and gained the love and respect of his patients. At age 66 he retired and enjoyed being a devoted husband, father, and grandparent. Because of a chronic medical condition, he moved to South Carolina to be near his daughter and grandchildren.
IMPACT PLAYERS. (L to R) Louisburg College’s Luke Wiliams and Dejavon Torres prepare for impact after Williams caught a pass during the LC Blue-White Football Game, which was held April 25 at Patterson Field at Louisburg High School.
LOUISBURG - For Louisburg College’s John Sala -- and every other junior college football coach -- there’s a sense of urgency that comes with every moment.
Unlike his brethren at four-year schools, Sala only has his players for two seasons -- at the most.
That means development times are at a premium, and incoming players are expected to contribute early in their collegiate gridiron careers.
BACKFIELD PARTNERS. (L to R) Michael Crudup and Quinnel Breeden were strong in the backfield last season for Franklinton. Now, they will both be continuing their football careers at Averett University, which is located in Danville, Va.
FRANKLINTON -- Two cornerstones of Franklinton’s football resurgence will be together for four more years.
FHS linebacker/fullback Quinnel Breeden and halfback Michael Crudup have signed letters-of-intent to continue their gridiron careers at Averett University.
Averett is a Division III school located in Danville, Va. Crudup and Breeden also received interest from the likes of North Carolina Wesleyan College, Campbell, Chowan and Greensboro.
BUNN -- The Bunn High School Ladycats finished regular season action with an undefeated mark following a 72-65 track and field victory last Wednesday over the Southern Vance Lady Raiders.
With the decision, Bunn closed at 8-0 overall and wrapped up the Northern Carolina Conference regular season championship.
BHS’ first-place winners from the meet against Southern Vance were as follows:
It hasn’t taken long for Bunn’s Ty Howle to make an impact within the Penn State University football program.
Howle graduated early from BHS in January so he could enroll in spring semester classes at PSU. The decision also afforded Howle the opportunity to gain a head-start on the other Nittany Lions’ incoming freshmen -- most of whom won’t report to State College until this summer.
BUNN -- Cedar Creek’s boys and Terrell Lane’s girls took home top honors on the middle school level during the annual The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Meet.
The event was held April 25 at the Bunn High School Football Field.
Cedar Creek successfully defended its middle school boys team crown with 71 points -- a mark that gave the Jaguars a repeat in convincing fashion.
ON THE RISE. Franklinton’s Lauren Wilder (left) skies for a header as Bunn’s Maggie Wright looks on during Monday night’s girls soccer match at the BHS Football Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BUNN -- For the first time all season, the Franklinton Lady Rams had their full lineup in tow during Monday’s trip to Bunn for a key Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer showdown.
Injuries to several starters have hindered the Lady Rams all spring, but everyone came together Monday as FHS hoped to remain in second place outright in the conference.
Louisburg College running back Jerel Franklin (with ball) has drawn interest from several four-year schools, including East Carolina University.
TERRELL LANE MIDDLE SCHOOL’S GABREION STEWART, GIRLS MVP
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL’S DAVARIS HARDY, BOYS MVP
Redshirt Karl-David Birkenfeld (left) is competing for the starting quarterback job this fall for the Louisburg College football squad.
PRETTY UGLY. Billy Huddleston in Womanless Beauty Pageant.
From left to right, Forrest Cagle, Ashley Norris and Kaitlin Mikulski cheer on cancer survivors as they took the first lap at the relay on Friday evening.
Julianna and Savannah Wall show off their recently shorn locks at the Relay for Life event.
The Bobby Strickland Press Box at the Bunn High School football field proved a worthy vantage point to get an Eagle’s Eye view of the festivities below.
Lou Reynolds Dement and Jeremy David Allred, both of Southern Pines, were married at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Ocean Isle Beach, with the Rev. Thomas L. Sweeley officiating. A reception followed at The Isles Restaurant.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lee Cansler, Jr. of Raleigh and Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Dement, Jr. of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Hare Roberson and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Dement, all of Louisburg.
Jack and Peggy Stone of Franklin County announce the engagement of their daughter, Jackie Stone of Youngsville to Kevin Coyne of Raleigh, the son of Teddie Coyne of Raleigh. The wedding will take place on June 13, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton, Atlantic Beach.
Jacqueline Michelle Perry of Louisburg and Stephen Owens of Roanoke Rapids are proud to announce the birth of their son, Avery Brighton Owens, born March 22, 2009 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. He weighed 6 pounds, 12.6 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Eileen Goswick (Mama G) recently celebrated her 91st birthday with friends and family. The party was hosted by her daughter, Betty Jo Goswick, with approximately 40 in attendance. Pictured above is “Mama G” with son Kenny. In addition to Betty Jo and Kenny, she has three other children, Sandra, Ronnie and Larry. She also has 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Commencement at Louisburg College will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the college auditorium, with United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, George E.B. Holding, speaking on the topic of public service.
Holding received his juris doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in classical studies and attended Groton School.
Airport staff, supporters and flight enthusiasts are in the final stages of preparation for what they expect to be this county’s largest aviation community event, ever.
Triangle North Executive Airport is set to host its High Flight Community Day this Saturday and Sunday, showcasing World War II crafts, featuring airplane and helicopter rides and other fun events for children and adults.
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